A Critical History of Cultural Indicators

  • Emma Blomkamp
Part of the New Directions in Cultural Policy Research book series (NDCPR)


The topic of cultural measurement often evokes the quotation, ‘Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.’ Although commonly attributed to Albert Einstein, there is no evidence that Einstein actually wrote this, as the legend goes, on the blackboard in his office at Princeton University. Based on an older expression, the phrase should probably instead be attributed to sociologist William Bruce Cameron (1963, 13), who writes:

It would be nice if all of the data which sociologists require could be enumerated because then we could run them through IBM machines and draw charts as the economists do. However, not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.


Social Indicator Creative Industry Cultural Policy Artistic Vibrancy United Nations Educational 
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